QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

The CIA’s Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications wants you to know:
+ ” ‘Data,’ ‘media,’ ‘criteria,’ ‘phenomena’ are plural and require plural verbs. . . . One never satisfies a criteria or observes a phenomena.”
+ “ ‘All right.’ Never ‘alright.’ ”
+ “ ‘Different from’ is correct; ‘different than’  is not.”
+ “ ‘Hanged’ is the past tense of hang when referring to an execution; ‘hung’ is the proper past tense in all other meanings.”
And keep in mind as you write:
You may be subject to enhanced editing.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Howard Schultz, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, on his chances as an independent:
“There is a credible path for an independent to win more than the necessary 270 electoral votes — a key criteria in my consideration of whether to run.”
Another criterion might involve finding a candidate who knows the difference between singlular and plural.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “gild the lily,” but “paint the lily”?
Evidently.

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From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day 109 years ago Peter De Vries was born, and if you want to know why this writer is worth reading, consider:
“Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ”
Which isn’t to mention:
+ “The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”
+ “A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery. Today she would rate no better than a C-plus.”
+ “Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.”
+ “It is final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.”
A De Vries novel to start with is The Vale of Laughter.
You can work your way up to The Blood of the Lamb.

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